By Hank Allison

St. John’s lost its 8th game in its last 10 games, and coach Rick Pitino ripped his team.

The Red Storm blew a 19-point lead to lose 68-62 to Seton Hall, falling to 14-12 overall and 6-9 in the Big East, which places them in ninth place.

Pitino, the Hall of Fame coach in his first season with the Red Storm, didn’t hold back after the game:

“If I said I was disappointed, that would be the understatement of the year,” he said.

“Our lateral quickness and our toughness is just something I’ve never witnessed in all my years of coaching.

“We are so nonathletic that we can’t guard anybody without fouling. … And really it’s not about losing. Even winning, when I watch the film, I see unathletic plays, I see people that don’t handle the ball, that are just interested in taking quick shots. It’s been a disappointing year.”

St. John’s scored just four points in the first 12 minutes of the second half, watching a 12-point halftime lead disappear without much resistance. It was the latest in a string of blown leads in recent weeks for the Red Storm, who suffered a three-point lead to Providence on Tuesday after leading at halftime, and blew a 15-point lead against Marquette last weekend.

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